Miguel Beltran Thanks JFC and UK Trade Union Movement

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Dr Miguel Angel Beltran, the academic who was finally released from prison on June 7th after two years, has sent a letter to JFC, the UCU, the UK trade union movement and Thompsons Solicitors to thank everyone for their solidarity and the campaign to get him released. Below is a copy of the letter.

Dearest Justice for Colombia, the UCU, the UK Trade Union Movement and Thompsons Solicitors,

I send you a warm and fraternal greeting from freedom, which I have recovered thanks to all of you who accompanied me during these two long years of imprisonment, with your moral and practical support, and with the belief that ‘critical thought is not terrorism’. This triumph that we celebrate today is a triumph of justice, of truth and of hope, but fundamentally it is a triumph of the solidarity work carried out by you, who from the beginning believed in my innocence.

I want to tell you that the struggle we started more than two years ago, has not been in vain and today bears fruits, because we have beaten the lies and persecution of a state which criminalises those of us who dare to question the official truth. When we carry in our minds and hearts a dream of freedom and justice, nothing can stop us, neither brute force, nor the lies invented by the media, or the death threats, or the prison bars.

You, dear colleagues, are a clear example that solidarity doesn’t have geographical limits, or limitations of any kind. Thank you to all of you for believing in my innocence, for believing in your colleague, for believing this Colombian citizen who, like thousands of others here has suffered and continue to suffer the intolerance of a state which doesn’t allow any type of dissent.

That is why this struggle does not end here; there are thousands of political prisoners in the country’s prisons living in indignant and inhumane conditions. They are the result of a social and armed conflict which the country is living through, and which demands a politically negotiated solution, in which the support of the international community through the trade unions and human rights organisations can play a crucially important role.

All that is left for me to say is to toast all that I have managed to recover: my freedom, happiness and the chance to meet each and every one of you and finally, to toast that invisible force which unites us in the most difficult situations: solidarity.

A hug

Miguel Ángel Beltrán V.

Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Following an active JFC campaign two other Colombian political prisoners were recently released, Rosalba Gaviria Toro and Aracely Cañaveral Velez.

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